This paper studies chemical composition of partially and fully hydrated slag grains in a (nearly) 40-year-old field concrete from the Netherlands. The concrete samples were assumed to be sufficiently aged to contain fully hydrated slag grains as well as partially hydrated large slag particles with thick rims. Our analysis showed that three different elemental zoning could be identified depending on the original slag grain size. Upon full hydration of a small slag grain (i.e., <8 μm), two distinct regions were identified corresponding to a hydrotalcite-like phase in the outer rim and a C–S–H gel phase in the core, respectively. As for medium (8–17 μm) and large (>15 μm) slag grains, three distinct regions were clearly visible. Hydrotalcite-like phase was mainly observed in the outer rim and the core. C–S–H gel phase was found to be precipitated in the region between the outer rim and the core.

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